Blaze of Glory is the first in a series of four (so far) novels about important U.S. Civil War battles by Jeff Shaara. If you haven’t read any of Shaara’s works, I highly encourage you to do so. There is no finer writer of historical fiction when it comes to war.
The focus of this novel is the Battle of Shiloh. Shaara presents the perspective of this battle through various military officers and less important soldiers. What’s impressive of this novel (and all Shaara’s works), is that the battles are so detailed and descriptive, as if he was there, and yet, you know all those details are accurate, because he obtained them through soldier’s journals and memoirs.
As a reader, I came to care about the characters (who were real people). I felt the excitement, the despair, the fear, and the anger. It’s a truly riveting work, and one that was hard to put down.
4 1/2 stars (out of 5)
Published in 2012